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Wassailing - Renaissance Christmas Tradition
A Christmas holiday practice that became traditional in Renaissance England is that of "Wassailing." How much do you really know about this practice?
Architecture of Renaissance Cathedrals
Renaissance architecture began first in Florence, Italy in the early 1400's and spread to the rest of Europe over the next 125 years. Some of the first, and arguably best, examples of this architectural style can be seen in the Cathedrals of the Renaissance.
Condottiere - Renaissance Mercenary Captains
"Condottieri" is the Italian name for mercenary captains who, during the Renaissance period, provided the bulk of the armed forces for the various Italian states.
Donatello - Italian Sculptor of the Renaissance
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, better known to us today as Donatello, is one of the best known sculptors of the Renaissance.
Introduction to the Renaissance
A huge cultural revolution, the European Renaissance began in Italy in the Late Middle Ages, approximately the 14th century AD, and during the next three centuries spread throughout Europe.
Italian Renaissance Christmas Recipes
What sort of holiday foods did the Italians eat during the Italian Renaissance?
John Donne - Metaphysical Poet
John Donne is most commonly known as the founder of the "Metaphysical Poets." The term "metaphysical poetry" was first used by Samuel Johnson in 1744. It refers to the fact that the poetry dealt with philosophical specuation and abstract ideas, along with a great deal of irony, paradox, and strikin
Metaphysical Poets of the Renaissance
"Metaphysical poetry" is a description of a type of poetry ascribed to a group of English poets of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Plague Doctors of the Renaissance
During outbreaks of the black plague, city officials throughout Europe were forced to hire what are known as "plague doctors" to assist in the treatment of plague sufferers.
Renaissance Beauty - Teeth, Body Image & Clothing
Most Renaissance women aspired to have beautiful white teeth, voluptuous bodies and beautiful clothing. How do their beauty routines differ from those of today?
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